2 scholarships available for snow babes

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Crystal Wright has always looked up to the Jackson Hole Air Force, the legendary backcountry skiing and riding club changed the face of skiing in the Tetons and were responsible for a new era of backcountry riding beyond the boundary ropes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In 2012, Wright, along with two friends were coming out of Granite Canyon, and three boys wouldn't let the women pass them. "I jokingly said to my friend Sarah, 'babe force coming through move it!'" said Wright. "The rest of the hour getting out of Granite, we started brainstorming ideas." That the was the beginning of the Jackson Hole Babe Force, an organization focused on encouraging women to push their limits, gain confidence, and support each other, all while building relationships with other like-minded women. This year, the Babe Force has developed a scholarship program to help local women achieve their goals on the mountain. They will give away two level one Avalanche Classes from the American Avalanche Institute. "I think it is so important for women to become educated in avalanche safety," said Wright. "So we are hoping to do about two scholarships a year." Besides the scholarships, the organization puts on annual fundraisers and tries to do one event per month to get everyone together. "Our hardest thing to overcome is getting all ages and abilities. We want everyone to feel comfortable participating," she said. Tonight, the Jackson Hole Babe Force is hosting a movie night at the Center for the Arts to watch Miss Representation. The group is meeting at Bin 22 at 6 p.m. before the movie. "People can help support the Jackson Hole Babe Force by coming to our functions, having fun and going out of your comfort zone! Also donations are greatly appreciated so we can start to fund our next scholarship," said Wright. The deadline for the application is November 20 and information is available at #buckrail #news